European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will accept the first copy of the booklet
EU TPC: Lessons Learnt during the Rotterdam TEN-T Days. And from then on it will be generally available. With the process related experiences during the Challenge already covered in the Storybook [link] , this new booklet will concentrate on the technical, substantive results of the Challenge.
Corridor building blocks
Loes Aarts (senior consultant Road Freight Transport, Rijkswaterstaat), together with Tom Alkim (Rijkswaterstaat) and Arjan van Vliet (RDW) initiators of the booklet, explains it as follows: “Among other things the aim of the Challenge was to create a basis to continue building on international corridors for truck platooning. What we do in this booklet is to combine an analysis - from the angle of traffic engineering – of the aerial shots of some of the truck platoons as they drove through the Netherlands, showing the exemption processes and interviews involving sixteen drivers on the truck platooning teams."
"Given that this is not a scientific study the results will be in the form of hypotheses, conclusions and recommendations. These will yield building blocks for the future testing of the European harmonisation process. The blocks, assembled with our partners – the truck manufacturers, various governmentals, road authorities and research institutes – will be offered to Europe. You can see it in terms of a handover. It clearly shows our starting point towards actual realisation of truck platooning in Europe.”
A perspective offered by the booklet is mainly in terms of traffic engineering. Input was garnered from examination of exemption applications in the various countries, air quality measurement and recording, and from interviews with the drivers involved. Loes Aarts: “The exemptions demonstrate how the countries handled risks. Here we are talking about risks that they think could occur in the context of vehicle safety (system failures) and traffic safety. The aerial shots and interviews with drivers give an initial idea of whether expectation of the given risk was justified. They also show how authorities in the various countries view their own evaluations of vehicle and traffic safety, with benefit of hindsight. The booklet comprises all these aspects, plus a collective synthesis and final conclusions and recommendations.”
Very clearly, there is a major difference between the various exemptions. “One exemption may be covered in half a sheet of A4, while the next needs over six full pages. Sweden makes the manufacturer responsible, elsewhere governmentals themselves accept far more responsibility, while the Netherlands also targets the driver. The Challenge has achieved much in demonstrating differences between the exemptions, and as such giving a starting point for harmonisation.”
To quote Loes Aarts: “If the other parties go ahead seriously on this basis we will have realised our goal.”
The booklet EU TPC 2016: Lessons Learnt is available on request as of 20 June 2016 via:
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